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Sylvan Pass in Yellowstone National Park remains closed and will remain so at least for now as crews wrestle with tons of snow and avalanche conditions.

A 70-yard wide, 20 to 30-foot deep field of snow came down in an avalanche Wednesday, forcing closure of the East Entrance road until further notice.

May 10, 2011 7:42 am

East gate opens for season

When the East Entrance to Yellowstone National Park opened for the season Friday morning, folks were raring to go.

“Good morning,” said Dennis Lenzendorf, supervisor of the East Entrance. “Welcome to Yellowstone.”

Although gray wolves were removed from federal protections in Idaho, Montana and parts of Oregon, Washington state and Utah on Wednesday, they remain under the federal government’s care in Wyoming.

But Gov. Matt Mead expressed some optimism that the canines would be under Wyoming’s control sometime in the future.

May 05, 2011 7:49 am

Students study mountain lions

Bumping over seemingly endless rutted four-wheel drive trails, hiking in rugged country or chasing baying hounds describes part of the work to capture and study mountain lions north of Lovell.

The goal of a three-year project is to determine the relationship between mountain lions and their primary prey, mule deer, and possibly bighorn sheep and wild horse foals. The ultimate objective is sustainable populations of the deer, sheep and wild horses and their top predator, mountain lions, in the Bighorn Canyon National Recreation Area and vicinity, said Linsey Blake in her thesis proposal.

Douglas fir beetles may be wreaking havoc on their pine-tree victims, but the insects can be fooled so trees in the Shoshone Forest’s developed areas can survive the beetles unscathed.

Since around 2000, Douglas fir trees in campgrounds along the North Fork of the Shoshone River have been treated with methylcyclohexanone, or MCH, said Kurt Allen, etiologist for the U.S. Forest Service in Rapid City, S.D.

April 19, 2011 7:33 am

Garland Canal up and running

Diverted Shoshone River water takes 12 hours to make its way to Garland

Early Monday morning, the gates were opened to allow water to flow into the Garland Canal. But it takes time to reach its far-flung destinations, starting just downstream of the Corbett Bridge, running to Garland, and all parts in between.

At around 7:30 a.m. Monday, Larry Cain, lead power plant operator for the Shoshone Irrigation District, fires up the gas motor to  lift the gates at the Corbett Tunnel entrance to feed the Garland Canal.

After U.S. District Judge Alan B. Johnson dealt Wyoming a favorable hand, the state may be able to play its trump cards to get wolves delisted.

“I think that there is a chance that this can happen,” said Steve Ferrell, policy adviser to Gov. Matt Mead.

April 05, 2011 7:17 am

An overdue welcome

March 30 designated as Wyoming Veterans Welcome Home Day

Although a welcome home was long overdue for many Wyoming veterans and troops serving in wars too easily forgotten or reviled, the courageous men and women finally got their just due from Wyoming citizens last week.

A bill passed by the Wyoming Legislature and signed by Gov. Matt Mead this year designates March 30 as Wyoming Veterans Welcome Home Day. That day was celebrated Wednesday at the VFW in Cody.

Although detained Japanese departed the Heart Mountain Relocation Camp in 1945, their presence left a lasting stamp on the landscape of northwest Wyoming.

The internment of Japanese residents is a sad chapter in American history, but visiting the camp gives historians a better feel for that period in history, said University of Wyoming graduate student Mac Blewer.

The good news: Snowpack levels in the upper reaches of the Shoshone River drainages are higher than 100 percent of average.

The bad news: Snowpack levels in the upper reaches of the Shoshone River drainages are higher than 100 percent of average.

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